Study Says New Haven Leads State in Distracted Driving Crashes


New Haven and Hartford, Conn., lead the state in distracted driving accidents, according to a new study.

The Travelers Institute and the Connecticut Safety Research Center say between 2015 and the first half of 2018 there were 1,392 crashes caused by people on cellphones, eating or otherwise distracted in New Haven, or about 5 percent of all crashes in the city.

There were 1,055 similar accidents in Hartford and 899 crashes in a traffic accident in Bridgeport.

The data came from the State Department of Public Security and Transportation.

Researchers have marked the problem for driving distracted by many roads, including south of route 1 along the coast; Interstate 84 in Waterbury and Hartford; Interdenate 91 in Meriden; Route 9 in Middletown; Road number 2 near Norwich; and I-95 on the east coast.

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